A stronger immigration system that better serves newcomers Part II

A stronger immigration system that better serves newcomers Part II

Expanding online applications for permanent residence IRCC is also taking measures to modernize how we deliver services to applicants for our permanent residence programs. Today, the Minister announced that, as committed in January 2022, access to the online application portal for clients has now been expanded to the majority of permanent residence applicants. IRCC will…

A stronger immigration system that better serves newcomers – Part 1

A stronger immigration system that better serves newcomers – Part 1

September 1, 2022—New Waterford, Nova Scotia—Canada continues to be a destination of choice for people looking for a new place to work, study, and build their lives. That’s why Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) is striving toward a modernized and digitalized immigration system to further expedite processing and give newcomers the experience they expect and…

Transition Period for Distance Learning Measures

Transition Period for Distance Learning Measures

August 25, 2022—Ottawa—Through the pandemic, measures have been in place to allow international students to pursue their studies online from abroad while remaining eligible for a post-graduation work permit (PGWP). As the new school year approaches, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada is creating a transition period for these measures. Following consultations with provinces, territories and…

Preparing for your travel to Canada

Preparing for your travel to Canada

Eligibility Before travelling, ensure that you are eligible to enter and that you possess all necessary documentation. To be able to enter Canada as a student, you must meet all 3 requirements: qualify as a fully vaccinated traveller unless you’re a minor student (under the age of 18 years), and you must complete your ArriveCAN submission; have a valid study permit or a letter of…

Update on National Occupational Classification

Update on National Occupational Classification

On November 16, 2022, we’re switching to the 2021 version of the National Occupational Classification (NOC). This means that the current NOC 2016 skill type and skill level structure (NOC 0, A, B, C and D) will be replaced with a 6-category system representing the training, education, experience and responsibilities (TEER) needed to work in…

New Open Work Permit for expiring PGWP holders

New Open Work Permit for expiring PGWP holders

IRCC announced a new temporary policy that will give recent international graduates with expiring temporary status an opportunity to stay in Canada longer, so that they can continue to gain work experience and have a better chance at qualifying for permanent residency. Starting in summer 2022, former international students who are in Canada and have…

Get Ready! Express Entry Draw is Resuming in Early July!

Get Ready! Express Entry Draw is Resuming in Early July!

On April 22, 2022, IRCC announced that Express Entry draws will soon resume and that invitations for candidates to apply for permanent residence will begin in early July. Travel restrictions throughout most of 2020 and 2021 delayed the processing of overseas applications, which led to an increase in the size of the processing inventory. To…